Black Panther case: Racism rules – The Obama Justice Department stands accused
Former Justice Department lawyer J. Christian Adams made explosive allegations yesterday in testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, saying that a particular Justice Department official openly announced that civil rights laws would not be enforced to protect white voters. He also said he saw race-based harassment within the department itself.
« It was lawlessness, » Mr. Adams told the commission. He testified about the department’s bizarre decision last year to drop voter-intimidation cases it effectively had won against members of the New Black Panther Party. Mr. Adams, one of the trial attorneys who built the case, resigned from the Justice Department on June 1 in protest. His testimony focused at length on the broader policy choices underlying his superiors’ decision to drop the cases over his objections and those of five other lawyers.
According to Mr. Adams, « There is an open hostility to race-neutral enforcement of the voting rights laws, » he stated. Officials, he said, openly refuse to bring « cases against black perpetrators [on behalf of white voters]. »
Mr. Adams later explained to The Washington Times that while the hostility towards protecting white victims has long been pervasive within the division, it is only under the Obama administration that top appointees have allowed and even encouraged race-based enforcement as either tacit or open policy. If the law can be so selectively enforced, he said, « it’s tragic. » It’s also borderline criminal, at least. Heads should roll.